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iOS 5 Speech-To-Text Feature Revealed

We had heard rumors that Siri’s artificial intelligence and assistance technology may be deeply integrated into iOS 5, before it was unveiled at WWDC 2011 Keynote.

Couple of weeks back, folks at 9 to 5 Mac had published a screenshot from an Apple iPhone test unit, which indicates that the feature will be called Assistant. They have published another screenshot from iOS 5 with a microphone in the standard keyboard.They explain how the feature will work:

As you can see, it is quite simple. Just click the microphone icon next to the space key and start talking. Once the key is clicked, a new microphone overlay will appear as long as you are talking. After that, the text will appear in the text field as you can see in the screenshot above.

Meanwhile, MacRumors points out that Apple has gone out of its way to hide the feature in iOS 5:

Apple’s certainly aware that individuals comb through every new developer beta looking for hints of upcoming features. In this instance, they’ve obfuscated the names of various pieces of the interface. For example, calling the microphone button “forward delete key” and the keyboard pretends to be a “Dvorak” keyboard. The move is a reflection of the increased scrutiny of Apple’s moves but also the relative significance of this feature that Apple has gone out of its way to hide. 

Back in June, we saw couple of screenshots, which revealed Settings for Nuance’s speech recognition technology built into what appeared to an internal iOS 5 build as these settings are not available in iOS 5 beta that was released to developers. The screenshot confirm that Apple is definitely working on integrating Nuance speech recognition technology in iOS. We hope that Apple introduces it at the iPhone 5 launch later this fall.

( Source :www.iphonehacks.com)

Face Recognition May Be Coming To iOS 5

It looks like Apple is planning to include face recognition capabilities in iOS 5.

9 to 5 Mac has discovered several face recognition APIs in iOS 5 beta 4 that was seeded to developers late last week.

 9 to 5 Mac reports:

We have taken a look at these iOS 5-exclusive APIs and they are highly sophisticated. The first, called CIFaceFeature, can determine through an image where a person’s mouth and eyes are located. The second API, CIDetector, is a resource within the operating system that processes images for face detection.







This presumably would power face detection via live motion imagery. The significance of this finding is that Apple is making face detection an even easier feature for developers to implement.

9 to 5 Mac speculates that Apple will open up these APIs either to developers to make it easier to implement face recognition technology in their iOS apps or Apple could be working behind the scenes in developing a killer app using these face recognition APIs.

Apple had acquired Polar Rose, a Swedish face recognition company in 2010, and it is quite likely that their technology is being used for this feature in iOS.

You can checkout the demo video of an augmented reality app called Recognizr, which Polar Rose co-developed to get a glimpse of what to expect:


Another example is RecognizeMe – a jailbreak app already brings biometric face recognition security to iPhone, which generated quite a bit of interest from our readers. Checkout the demo video of the app:


iOS 5 Beta 3 Can Be Jailbroken Using Redsn0w 0.9.8b1; But App Store Apps Are Not Working

iOS 5 beta 3 that has just been seeded to developers of iOS developer program can be jailbroken using Redsn0w 0.9.8b1.

iPhone Dev team had released Redsn0w 0.9.8b1 for Mac and Windows for iOS beta 1 for developers of jailbreak app developers so that they can test and debug their jailbreak apps and tweaks on iOS 5.


After upgrading your iOS device to iOS 5 beta, the trick is to point Redsn0w 0.9.8b1 to iOS 5 beta 1 firmware file to jailbreak it.

MuscleNerd of the iPhone Dev Team has also confirmed this on Twitter:

Today’s 5.0b3 can be jailbroken with last month’s redsn0w http://is.gd/6eek4Y (point it at 5.0b1 IPSW..devs only please!)

But please proceed with caution if you’re not a jailbreak app developer as we’re hearing reports that App Store apps do not working after jailbreaking iOS 5 beta 3. ModMyI reports:

After playing around on iOS 5 beta 3 while jailbroken, it has been discovered that AppStore applications do not work. They crash and refuse to open. It is an issue that has been reported by a few people, including myself.

According to hacker, Clayton Braasch it is due to a sandboxing issue:

To reiterate: there’s a sandbox issue causing App Store apps to crash after jailbreaking iOS 5 beta 3. Stay away if you’re not a developer.

It needs to be seen if this is due to some anti-jailbreaking measure introduced by Apple in the latest iOS 5 beta.

( Source : www.iphonehacks.com )

iOS 5 Beta 3 Brings Performance Improvements, Additional Location Controls, Voice Roaming Toggle & More

Apple has just seeded iOS 5 beta 3 to developers of iOS Developer program for iPhoneiPadiPod Touch and Apple TV 2G.

It hasn’t taken much time for folks at It’s All Tech and Cult of Mac to discover the new changes and improvements in iOS 5 beta 3.

Here is a list of the changes and improvements discovered in iOS 5 beta 3 so far:

Performance improvements:

Developers are reporting that iOS 5 beta 3 is a lot snappier than iOS 5 beta 1 and beta 2. For example: Camera app loads a lot faster in iOS beta 3.

Additional Location Controls:

iOS 5 beta 3 brings number of additional location controls for iOS device users such as:

  • Users get an option to enable or disable location services during the setup process as seen in the screenshot below:
  • Users will be able to allow or disallow functions such as cell network searching, diagnostics, iAds, time zone setting, and traffic to make use of iOS device’s location information. Users currently can enable or disable location services at an app level     

    Voice Roaming:

    As of now, users can only disable data roaming to avoid high roaming data charges. iOS 5 will also allow users to disable voice roaming as well.

  • Some minor changes:

    • Safari gets a new Advanced page in the Settings app with options to remove a website’s data and ability to enable Debug console to debug website errors.
    • Toggles to clear cookies and data that were missing in the first two beta versions have been restored.
    • You can now create a mailbox directly in the Mail app.
    • Two new ringtones added for iPhone users: Tweet and Sherwood Forrest.
    • In iOS 5 beta 1, we noticed that Apple has split the iPod app into a Music app and Video app for iPhone users, just like iPod Touch. iOS 5 beta 3 now prompts users to inform them about this change.
    • Music app gets a new Store button, which will take you to the iTunes store.
    • Reminders app gets a new icon.
    • Wi-Fi Sync has been renamed as iTunes Wi-Fi sync.
    • Software update screen in Settings app (Settings –> General –> Software update) now displays the current iOS version number installed on the iOS device.

    Apple hasn’t tweaked the user interface of the Lock Screen notifications that were introduced in iOS 5 beta 2, in case you were hoping that Apple will revert the changes.

    ( Source: http://www.iphonehacks.com )